İrem UZUN -TDO- According to the Guardian’s news report, New Zealand has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 after 102 days without any community transmission, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has announced at a late-night press conference. A three-day lockdown was swiftly imposed in Auckland after the cases were confirmed.
The infected people are from the same family in south Auckland while the source of their infection is unknown. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would now move to level three restrictions for three days as a "precautionary approach", while level two restrictions would be imposed in the rest of the country. "While we have worked hard to avoid this scenario, we have also prepared for it," she said at an emergency press conference. She said increased caution was required because the origin of the virus was unknown. She added that this will give health officials time to conduct urgent contact tracing and assess the situation.
The new restrictions mean that businesses including restaurants, bars and non-essential shops will have to close. People will also now only be allowed to leave their homes to conduct essential activities such as picking up supplies from grocery stores. Gatherings over 10 people will also be restricted in Auckland. Schools in Auckland will also be closed for three days. Outside of Auckland, the rest of New Zealand will go into level two restrictions. Under the restrictions, groups of no more than 100 people can gather in one place.